THE OLD Firm is often described in terms of agony and ecstasy and if there is one Rangers player who felt both those emotions on Hogmanay it was Kenny Miller, who described himself as devastated after defeat to Celtic.
The striker fired the Light Blues ahead in the 13th minute and then saw his shot bounce back off the post with 10 minutes left to play as his side trailed their city rivals 2-1.
A visibly gutted Miller admitted he hadn’t stopped thinking about his “terrible miss” since he left the pitch and says the memory of it will take some time to erase.
The 37-year-old said: “We are devastated; I am personally devastated because of the fantastic opportunity to equalise.
“I will be going through that miss for the next couple of months, definitely the next three weeks, until we come back again.
“You just feel you need to get that bit of contact on the ball and it wasn’t a great contact to be honest, it was more off the heel than off the side of the foot but either way it is a terrible miss.
“I am personally disappointed in that but I am more devastated for the boys because we have put a lot of effort in and maybe it deserved to come to something.
“We had opportunities to give ourselves a bit of daylight and so did they and we also had opportunities to get back into the game as well.
“As a team we put a lot into the game, created a lot of good chances as well and so did they.
“It was a game which was won on a bit of quality and a few misses on our part where we had opportunity to maybe get shots off or play teammates in.
“But we never took them, we never made the most of the opportunities we had and they definitely did.”
Miller’s opener came from some superb work by Josh Windass and then James Tavernier, who played the ball across the face of goal for the striker to slot home.
It was the forward’s ninth goal for Rangers in an Old Firm fixture and one he thought at the time could and should have propelled his side to their first derby victory of the season.
“For my goal it was a good bit of play, we carved out that same opportunity two or three times and in the first-half we were getting a lot of joy down that side with good play.
“Fortunately enough for the first one I managed to get on the end of it and Waggy was a wee bit unfortunate not to get on the next one and at the end again Holty had a chance to put Tav in to get another.
“We were doing well down that side which is why we felt if we could have gone on and got that second goal it might have been a bit different.”